7 ISJLP 71 (2011-2012)
The Racial Landscape of Social Networking Sites: Forging Identity, Community, and Civic Engagement

handle is hein.journals/isjlpsoc7 and id is 75 raw text is: The Racial Landscape of Social Networking Sites:
Forging Identity, Community, and Civic
Engagement
BRENDESHA M. TYNES,* ELIZABETH L. GARCIA,** MICHAEL T.
GANG,*** AND NICOLE E. COLEMAN****
Abstract: This study examines how adolescents and
emerging adults forge identity, community, and civic
engagement in public discussions online. Using forty-eight
race-related group sites from Facebook and MySpace, this
study outlines the reasons groups formed and the discourse
practices in which participants engaged. Thematic analysis
revealed that group formation revolved around the
expression and exploration of identity, creating racial safe
havens, education, advocacy, and general discussions about
race and race-related issues. Within a given group site's
Brendesha M. Tynes is an assistant professor of educational psychology and African
American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses
on the role of the Internet in adolescent and emerging adult development with special
attention to online victimization, racial identity, intergroup interaction, psychosocial and
educational outcomes, and Internet safety.
* Elizabeth L. Garcia is currently a doctoral student in the Child Development Division in
the Educational Psychology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her research interests include racial and ethnic identity and discourse in media, self-
concept, and peer sexual harassment and bullying.
* Michael T. Giang is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Mount Saint Mary's
College in Los Angeles, CA. He received his Ph.D. in psychological studies in education
from the University of California and a MA. in general experimental psychology from
California State University. His research interests include peer harassment, acculturation,
ethnic identity, and the Internet as a context and tool for identity development.
**** Nicole E. Coleman is a M.Ed. student in school counseling at Loyola University in
Chicago. She is interested in the mental health of underrepresented youth in urban areas.

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